Did you have to learn the instrument as well?

Sarah said: Nov 5, 2008
 11 posts

I’m curious as to how many of us parents learned the instrument our child plays. Did your Suzuki teacher teach you first? Did he or she teach the parents at all? Do you think that learning the instrument has helped you to be a better home teacher? If you didn’t learn the instrumentl, do you wish you had?

said: Nov 5, 2008
 89 posts

I didn’t have to but instead chose voluntarily to take up the instrument once I discovered how much fun it was. :D

said: Nov 7, 2008
 48 posts


Jennifer said: Mar 5, 2009
Jennifer Moberg Pforte
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Islamabad`, Pakistan
71 posts

My own mother did not learn to play the violin when I was a Suzuki kid, and she did just fine; however, I require that all parents learn to play at least all of the Twinkles, and I strongly suggest learning through Perpetual Motion. We have a few parents who, after Perpetual Motion, realized how helpful it was for them to know the songs with the children and simply continued playing either on their own or through their own lessons, but I do not require beyond that.
The reason I did this for my school was not necessarily to have a bunch of adults playing the violin, but more because it helps the parents to feel that much more invested in the instrument and their child’s studies, and it helps them to realize that it really can be very difficult for the children.

“Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart.”


said: Mar 16, 2009
 1 posts

Her teacher does not require it, but since my daughter is 2 1/2 I am obviously very involved in the lesson. I think that in learning to play cello myself, I am more interested in doing the work required to help her practice at home.

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